The New York Jets are hoping that their defensive secondary doesn’t miss a beat this upcoming season. Here are some early expectations for cornerback Juston Burris.
The New York Jets are need in getting younger and faster because the current roster is old, and in need of help. With this year’s draft, the Jets selected cornerback Juston Burris out of North Carolina State in the fourth round. Burris was an interesting selection but from what analysts have said about Burris, the Jets made a smart selection by taking him. He could be a huge help in the void they have in their defensive secondary. Based on his college highlights, he is a physical player and is very reliable. In the ACC conference, which is a very good college football conference, he only allowed 34.1 percent completion rate with eight passes defensed.
What Jets fans will like about Burris is he is not afraid of anyone and he is up for the task in defending who is front of him. He is also a player who is willing to put his body on the line to help his team against the run.
If he comes to learn and understand the defense of the Jets, he will have no problem in becoming one of the starters. If he asks questions to veterans, especially Darrelle Revis, then he shouldn’t have any problems. He has been a consistent tackler as hasn’t allowed any many broken tackles against opponents. If he is able to handle the big stage then he should be able to handle anything coming his way.
When it comes to his size, if he thinks his length and height will carry him in the pro’s, he has a rude awakening coming to him. He needs to worry about having long speed rather than height and length.
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He needs to also learn how to stay balanced and keep his base when in press coverage.
If he continues to struggle with these problems, he might see some time on the sideline to get a better grasp of things.
Burris also needs to learn how to play smart and not cause pass interference calls because it’s something head coach Todd Bowles will emphasize early and often.
He also needs to make a functional change of direction because it is a challenge for him.
Burris has very good expectations that he could be a talented player in the NFL.
Burris will probably be mostly used in special teams in his first year along with playing in certain packages on the defensive side of the football. What he brings is the intensity and hunger for getting to the football in a hurry.
His traits and ball skills make him a cornerback that will be developed towards playing at a Pro Bowl level. He should learn under veterans Buster Skrine and Revis in how to develop himself in becoming a consistent defender. Skrine and Revis will help him out in making him a great player as they can mentor him in how to handle himself on and off the field. Jets fans will just hope he can develop quickly and make himself the second starter to help fill the void Antonio Cromartie left.